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Thailand to tighten security as crisis deepens

May 12, 2014

Thailand to tighten security as crisis deepens

Thailand’s caretaker government says it will increase security to prevent clashes that could arise between the two sides in an escalating political crisis. In a televised announcement Sunday, the government’s security committee warned people to stay away from protest sites for their own safety. ...

Acropolis sculptures get 'cosmetic surgery'

May 12, 2014

Acropolis sculptures get 'cosmetic surgery'

They are some of Greece’s most celebrated beauties. And after nearly 2,500 years, it is perhaps only fitting that they are getting a face-lift. The caryatid statues, which until the late 1970s propped up a section of the Erechtheion temple on the Acropolis, are ...

Leprosy activist Kodama dies at 82

May 12, 2014

Leprosy activist Kodama dies at 82

Yuji Kodama, a prominent fighter of discrimination against former leprosy patients, died Sunday of lung cancer at a sanitarium in Kusatsu, Gunma Prefecture. He was 82. Kodama represented many former leprosy patients across the country who filed lawsuits, mainly in the late 1990s, claiming ...

Grisly Nigeria attacks finally catch attention of the globe

May 12, 2014

Grisly Nigeria attacks finally catch attention of the globe

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The gunmen stormed in just as dawn broke over the school in a remote village in northeastern Nigeria. There were around two dozen of them, and, survivors later recounted, they worked quickly, methodically and with unflinching brutality. “Allahu akbar,” they shouted as they lined ...

Hanoi OKs anti-China street rally

May 12, 2014

Hanoi OKs anti-China street rally

Protesters staged one of Vietnam’s largest ever anti-China demonstrations Sunday, decrying Beijing’s deployment of a deep-water drilling rig in contested waters as territorial tensions soar. Some 1,000 people, from war veterans to students, waved banners saying “China don’t steal our oil” and “Silence is ...

Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst wins Eurovision song contest

May 12, 2014

Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst wins Eurovision song contest

Bearded Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst won the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with a James Bond-inspired entry that had unleashed a wave of protests in eastern Europe before the competition. The power ballad, “Rise Like a Phoenix,” helped Wurst ...

May 12, 2014

A new look at spent nuclear fuel

Shizuoka Gov. Heita Kawakatsu's plan to get the use of plutonium-uranium mixed-oxide fuel re-approved for Chubu Electric Power Co.'s Hamaoka nuclear power plant highlight various contradictions in the central government's continuing pursuit of a nuclear fuel-cycle policy.

May 12, 2014

Northern Ireland can't have peace and justice

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The bleak truth is that the closest Northern Ireland will get to reconciling irreconcilable principles left over from the Troubles will be to combine a policy of no prosecutions with a tribunal to uncover the truth — along the lines of South Africa's post-apartheid ...

On drinking, May and battling the blues

| May 12, 2014

On drinking, May and battling the blues

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According to T.S. Eliot, April is the cruelest month. But in Japan May ushers in some pretty heavy blues, too. The dual combination of haru no megumi (春の恵み, spring blessings) and haru no utsu (春の鬱, spring depression) makes for a challenging 31 days. That ...

Kawase eyes Cannes prize for 'masterpiece'

May 12, 2014

Kawase eyes Cannes prize for 'masterpiece'

Naomi Kawase, the first Japanese director to be a member of the Cannes jury, is returning to the competition this year with a film she has dubbed her “masterpiece.” And for an auteur who has already bagged the Camera D’Or and the Grand Prix, ...

Streaking Nishikori to battle Nadal in Madrid Open final

May 12, 2014

Streaking Nishikori to battle Nadal in Madrid Open final

Kei Nishikori reached his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final by edging world No. 5 David Ferrer at the Madrid Open on Saturday night. It took just under three hours on court but 12th-ranked Nishikori came through with a 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 6-3 ...

Kakuryu shines in yokozuna debut

May 12, 2014

Kakuryu shines in yokozuna debut

Newly promoted yokozuna Kakuryu hit the dirt running with a mash-up of Aoiyama while veteran yokozuna Harumafuji was sent retreating for a first-day loss to Yoshikaze on the opening day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday. Kakuryu was never in trouble as ...

Messenger tosses four-hit shutout

May 12, 2014

Messenger tosses four-hit shutout

Randy Messenger threw his second shutout of the season in a duel against Tomoyuki Sugano, leading the way as the Hanshin Tigers snapped a four-game losing streak in a 1-0 win over the Yomiuri Giants on Sunday afternoon. Messenger (3-4) yielded just four hits ...

Bruins push Habs to brink

May 12, 2014

Bruins push Habs to brink

It took the Boston Bruins five years to score a power-play goal in the playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens. They needed only 32 seconds to do it again. Reilly Smith and Jarome Iginla scored on back-to-back advantages to help the Bruins snap an 0-for-39 ...

Parker leads way as Spurs take commanding 3-0 lead

May 12, 2014

Parker leads way as Spurs take commanding 3-0 lead

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich took pains to make sure guard Tony Parker was well rested for the playoffs. “I barely played in April,” Parker said. “I was joking with Pop if I was still with the Spurs.” The break has paid off. Parker scored ...

Howard, Rollins team up to spark Phillies past Mets

May 12, 2014

Howard, Rollins team up to spark Phillies past Mets

The old guard took care of this one for the Phillies — with both their bats and their brains. Ryan Howard had four hits, including a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning, and Jimmy Rollins homered and scored four times to lead Philadelphia past ...

Rams select Sam in seventh round

May 12, 2014

Rams select Sam in seventh round

Michael Sam was picked by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the NFL Draft on Saturday, becoming the first openly gay player drafted by a pro football team. Sam played college football at Missouri, and came out as gay in media ...

Spieth, Kaymer share third-round lead at TPC

May 12, 2014

Spieth, Kaymer share third-round lead at TPC

Jordan Spieth repeatedly pumped his fist when his 12-foot par putt dropped into cup on the final hole, a clutch moment worthy of celebration for two reasons. It gave him a third straight bogey-free round at The Players Championship and a share of the ...